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Damascus Rose

Damascus, June 30 (Prensa Latina) Syrian farmers are immerse these days in the harvest of the Damascus rose, whose cultural and craft practices were inscribed since 2019 in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

This plant loves light and heat, and that is why it is mainly grown in the town of Al-Marah, in the arid and semi-desert region of Al-Qalmoun, north of the Syrian capital, where the fields are scattered of these thorny bushes, whose flowers are collected in the midst of ancient rituals.

In the midst of a festive and family atmosphere, farmers work hard from early hours of the morning collecting the pink petals of this flower, which they then process manually to use in perfumes, colognes and other cosmetic, culinary and medicine products.

The farmers assure that this season the harvest has been very good thanks to the support they receive, however, they regret the absence this year of the first lady Asmaa Al-Assad, the main sponsor of the crop and who is currently undergoing treatment after being diagnosed with leukemia.

Due to its intoxicating, fresh and soft fragrance, it is the perfumer’s flower par excellence. In addition to its enveloping scent and delicate beauty, it is packed with benefits for the skin and has been known since ancient times for its soothing and softening properties.

The Damascus rose has become a cross-border heritage and economic element that expresses the true generous and brotherly nature of the Syrians. She is even considered an ambassador of peace and beauty of the country.

(Taken from Orb)